Othello Act 5 Scene 2
Out of Love In William Shakespeare’s play, Shakespeare has a character recite a monologue in iambic pentameter. When a character has an iambic pentameter monologue it suggests they are making an important decision that will alter the play. With every official decision, it features benefits and drawbacks. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, Othello becomes conflicted with his beliefs and his feelings. In Act 5, Scene 2, Othello’s soliloquy exposes his reasons for killing Desdemona. Othello’s insecurities spark his ideas of penalizing Desdemona, but his love for her holds him back.
Othello makes his final decision of killing Desdemona due to the fact that he likes her. Othello’s love for Desdemona is shown in lots of ways through out this monologue. In line 1 Othello states, “It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul”. Othello is not describing his soul; he is referring to Desdemona’s soul. Even when he thinks that she has actually cheated on him with Cassio, Othello still considers himself and Desdemona as one, because they are married for better or for worst. Othello then talks to paradise; “Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars” (V, ii, 2).
Othello believes that if he does not state that she has cheated aloud, it is practically like it is not real; he will not accept the reality. He will not confess her sins to the heaven so she still has a chance to be there with God. Othello is willing to do whatever it requires to save Desdemona’s soul. Desdemona’s soul is considered pure. Othello declares, “Nor Scar that whiter skin of hers than snow and smooth as monumental alabaster” (V, ii, 3-4). The use of the words “whiter”, “snow”, and “alabaster” is images for purity.
Referring back the chaste stars, Othello will not confess to heaven because if he does then that would take away her purity. Othello mentions Desdemona as a “monumental alabaster”. Translating, he calls her the statue of pureness and dedicating this sin of cheating with Cassio has contradicted that belief. Desdemona’s suppose actions, has contradicted Othello’s belief of Desdemona’s purity. In line 6 Othello begins to make his choice, “Yet she must, die, else she’ll betray more guys”. This line specifies Desdemona’s impurity.
Othello thinks that Cassio is not the only one. This line alludes back to Othello’s belief that Desdemona is his to manage. He thinks that he needs to do something to protect others and get his control back on Desdemona. Othello then states, “thou flaming minister” (V, ii, 8). The flaming minister is describing the devil. One of the factors that he thinks twice on killing Desdemona is because he concluded that her sin would bring her to hell. But Othello declares “I can once again thy former lights restore need to I repent” (V, ii, 9-10).
Othello takes matters into his own hands and repents to God for her. By asking God for forgives of Desdemona’s sins, Othello has faith that her soul is now saved. Despite all of Othello’s hesitations, he has actually concluded that the only method for saving Desdemona’s soul from damnation was sacrifice in the name of God. Othello believed that this was his duty has her partner and he did not wish to enjoy his liked one go to hell. Killing her, was the only way that the Promethean heat would rekindle her soul and restore her pureness.